Luke Bennetts awarded 2016 Christopher Heyde Medal

Each year the Australian Academy of Science announces Honorific awards for scientific excellence in various fields.  The 2016 Christopher Heyde Medal for distinguished research in the mathematical sciences was awarded to MCRN member Luke Bennetts.

The Christopher Heyde Medal honors the contributions to mathematics by Professor Christopher Charles Heyde, the Foundation Dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences at the Australian National University, and Professor Emeritus of Statistics at Columbia University, New York.  In recognition of his broad interests in the mathematical sciences the award is offered in one of three fields on a rotating basis:

- pure mathematics (2015)

- applied, computational and financial mathematics (2016)

- probability theory, statistical methodology and their applications (2017).

The award recognizes distinguished research in the mathematical sciences by early-career researchers (up to 10 years post-PhD) and who are normally resident in Australia.

The following is posted at

2016 Christopher Heyde Medal

Dr Luke Bennetts

School of Mathematical Sciences
University of Adelaide

Dr Bennetts is an applied mathematician who models how waves of various kinds, e.g. acoustic waves, electromagnetic waves and waves at the surface of the ocean, are affected by solitary objects or assemblages of objects in their path. A major focus is on how ocean waves interact with ice floes in the polar seas, as this phenomenon appears to be a key contributor to the changes the Earth is experiencing in the Arctic Basin and the Southern Ocean due to the onset and furtherance of global climate warming. Because the polar regions are so important to the world’s atmosphere and oceans, the methodology that Dr Bennetts has created is also immediately applicable to the refinement of hemispheric-scale, coupled, operational climate forecasting, as well as contemporary research schema. His fusion of analytical technical mathematics with sophisticated computational methods allows real world problems, including nonlinear modes of behaviour, to be tackled and solved. 

Congratulations, Luke!


View Luke's recent talk in the MCRN Colloquium Webinar HERE.

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